I’m just fascinated by the application of 3-D printing to the medical world. I’ve seen prosthetic hands made for kids who are still growing to avoid the expense of replacing parts as they grow. Now, they’ve made a new skull for a 9-year old Dachshund! Continue reading 3-D Printed Skull
As we end October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought this story from WEWS in Cleveland was appropriate. (No, it doesn’t involve NFL players wearing pink shoes – have you ever seen anything more ridiculous?)
Just got back the vet’s report on my Maggie’s tumor. It was, as the vet describes it, “partly bad news and partly good news.” The bad news is that the tumor was definitely malignant. The good news is that it appeared to be totally encapsulated and confined to the thyroid. Even though it looks good now, there is still the possibility that the tumor metastasized before we got it out, so we will need to keep an eye on her, but for now, it looks like she is in the clear. Thanks so much for all of your good wishes!
We just heard from the vet that he removed half of Maggie’s thyroid, as well as a good-sized tumor. He says they are almost always cancerous, but we will have to wait for the pathology report (5 – 7 days). I did a little research, and it doesn’t look all that great. I’ll follow-up with you after we hear back from the lab. Going to pick her up now.
I have a favor to ask of you. I found a lump under my 8-year old Golden Retriever’s chin last weekend. The vet took a biopsy yesterday and said it looks suspicious, so she is having surgery tomorrow (4/9/09) to have it removed. I am so worried she has lymphoma. We’ve already lost one dog to that, and I’m not sure I can bear to lose another.
Please keep her in your thoughts.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
Did you know that cancer kills one in every four dogs over the age of 2? If you’ve never had to live through watching your beloved animal being eaten up from the inside, let me assure you, you don’t want to. We finally had to put our fox hound (pictured above) down several years ago after the chemo failed.
Anyways, Fox 42 in Omaha recently aired a segment about this very topic. Click here, then do a site search (at the top right) for canine cancer. The video clip should be the first thing on the list that returns. The second thing is a link to the Morris Animal Foundation, which is trying to raise $30 million to find a cure for cancer.
Sorry to end the week on a down note.
Good day, and good dog.
Cera Reusser of Oregon recently lost her beloved black lab, Chase, to cancer. Rather than just mourn, Cera chose to do something that would benefit other dogs by founding Chase Away Canine Cancer, a fundraiser for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation. Continue reading Fundraising in memory of a favorite dog
From Berea, Ohio: K-9 officer Ciro was put to sleep Saturday, two weeks after receiving a devastating diagnosis of cancer. He was just five years old. Swollen lymph nodes were found during a routine vet visit, and tests revealed a very aggressive form of lymphatic cancer.